Red Cross blood drive set

To The Sun:

'Tis the season of giving. The season of hope and your American Red Cross blood drive are just around the corner. The last community blood drive of 2012 will be from noon to 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 27, and from 8 a.m. to noon Friday, Dec. 28, at First Christian Church in Parsons. The theme of the drive is “Give Something that Means Something.”

Governed by volunteers and supported by individuals and communities, the American Red Cross is the single largest supplier of blood products to hospitals throughout the United States. While local hospital needs are always met first, the Red Cross also helps ensure no patient goes without blood no matter where or when they need it.

This year, the holiday season will again have greater meaning as we give thanks for our many blessings. The most wonderful blessing of all is being to live in America. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the thousands of families who have sacrificed the ultimate gift — that of the life of a loved one. Let’s continue to support our country and stand united to preserve our most wonderful gift, the privilege of living in a democracy. Let’s also remember the members of our armed forces who are in harm's way and their families knowing they are dedicated to defending America so that all citizens of the United States may continue to live in the land of the free.

As we are approaching the end of 2012, let us direct our thoughts and prayers to those who need our help. Many of us are looking forward to celebrating the holiday season in good health and with joy in our hearts. However, there are those, perhaps members of your family, or friends and neighbors who are in poor health and are facing difficult times because of a life-threatening condition or disease. These people desperately need our help to provide the blood and blood products they will need.

Your blood donation will be the greatest gift that could ever be received by individuals in need of blood. You will be giving them hope — hope for today, hope for tomorrow and hope for the future. Please make donating blood your top priority during this holiday season.

Come and join some of the most outstanding individuals in Southeast Kansas who are donating their blood, their time and their talents. Better yet, come and bring someone with you. A note of interest: Bob Brewer’s “gift of life” at this drive will raise his total donations to 26 gallons. What an outstanding achievement! Come celebrate with Bob and enjoy great sandwiches, delicious homemade cookies donated by members of Ideal F.C.E. and assorted cheese balls. Can we count on you?

I look forward to greeting you at the blood drive! — ERLENE CARES, Parsons blood drive coordinator, American Red Cross

Let us not forget

To The Sun:

Some 2,000 years ago a baby was born in a manger to save us all. His name was Jesus. He was born in a land that was torn by strife, turmoil, killing, slavery and generally a terrible place to live. This child grew up and did his best to show us a better way to live and treat each other. He taught us about his father that created the world and all that was in it, how we should live and what he expected of us. Jesus worried some of the rulers of the time and for that he was crucified. He died to forgive us of our sins and so if we believed in him we would be rewarded with never ending life in heaven.

Now let us look at the world that God created and see what we have done to it. The Middle East (where Jesus was born) still fights and kills each other and this is done in the name of religion. Our governments are corrupt and society's morals in general are rapidily going to hell. Now I see on the news that yet another shooting and killing has happened at a school in Connecticut.

I am saddened by what we have done to our world and can only imagine what God thinks about us. Jesus died on the cross and promised to return those that believe in him home to heaven.

It seems worse because all of this is happening during the Christmas season when we should be saying peace on earth, good will to men. The words to a couple of gospel songs come to mind; "this world is not my home, I'm just a passing through" and "morning, night or noon, Jesus is coming soon."

Merry Christmas and may God bless us all. — MIKE WOMELDORFF, Parsons

A holiday story

To The Sun:

 The family of Marine PFC Matthew L. Hutchison would like to extend a sincere, heartfelt thank you to the Brad Davis family for their kindness and generosity shared with our family at Kitchen Pass on Dec. 11 as we were celebrating the surprise return of our son for the holidays.

It warms our hearts to know there are still people who are willing to do something so kind for complete strangers.

God bless you and your family. — LISA LORENZ, rural Cherryvale

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